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Tunes to Assault Your Eardrums

6 May

I’m a committed music-lover. I do run without it on occasion if I’m running with others or if it’s an exceptionally beautiful day, or if I forget my headphones (which happens more often than I should really admit to). But generally speaking, if my running shoes are packed in my gym bag, so are my headphones. Music gives me that extra motivational “boost” when I feel myself slipping.

I have been judged, sometimes harshly, for my avowed commitment to listening to music whilst running. So for all those who are running purists, and refuse to let music tarnish your run, stop reading now. And for all those, who like me, need a little extra motivation in the form of some awesome tunes let me suggest the following 10 totally rad songs (currently on constant repeat on my iPhone):

1) Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore. I cannot get enough of this song. I’ve listened to it four times already while writing this post. I went out on a run last week that lasted 40 minutes. I only listened to this song. I probably need a 12-step program to get over my addiction.

2) Levels – Avicii. If you download this song, keep in mind there are about 40 different remixes, which means everyone can find a version they like. Unless you’re not into House/Dance/Electronica music. Then you should move along.

3) Raise Your Glass – Pink. Just an overall awesome song. Plus I adore this interpretation from a Runner’s World article of a line in the song…

Lyric: “Oh [bleep] my glass is empty/ That sucks.”
My Running Interpretation: In hydration emergencies, I’d add at least two more [bleeping] [bleep]s.” (source)

Hydration emergencies are serious business. Whether it’s on a run. Or during a Friday Night, Wine Night.

4) Troublemaker – Olly Murs (feat. Flo Rida). Typical fun, punchy pop song. My mom also used to tell people that my middle name was troublemaker as a kid. She was only serious on one occasion, which involved a four-year old me, a spoon, and a wedding cake.

5) Stubborn Love – The Lumineers. I don’t care if they’re overrated, or everyone wants to hate on the Lumineers. I loved Ho Hey and I love this song too.

6) Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers. Nothing like a little bit of RHCP screaming in your ears to get your legs moving. Plus, I watched the most recent episode of Glee the other night where they spent the entire episode singing only Stevie Wonder songs. They performed Stevie’s version of “Higher Ground”, and I was all “Oh hey, I don’t really like this version of Higher Ground, even though Stevie Wonder is awesome. Also I don’t really like Glee because this show had a stupid premise to begin with, and it’s gotten even worse lately. No kid has time to learn 84 different song and dance routines every week while going to school. You LIE Fox. I should really download the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s version of this song, because that version is awesome.”

7) Gold On The Ceiling – The Black Keys. The Black Keys rock. That is all.

8) Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia. A great song to run fast too. Although, it can get a little repetitive if you listen to it one too many times.

9) Danza Kudro – Don Omar. I believe this was featured in The Fast and The Furious 457, although I can’t be sure because I gave up on that series back in 2001 and when everyone should have given up on it. That movie didn’t need, or rather, didn’t deserve any sequels. But sadly, I just saw yet another trailer for a Fast and Furious when we were at the movies the other week. Anyway, rant over. Fun song to run too, although, I end up feeling like I want to dance and instead just do these awkward punches in the air. Awkward punches lead to awkward looks. But, it’s cool yo, I live life by my rules and will run/dance if I want to.

10) The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes. Pumps you up and makes you feel like a super athlete getting ready to go out and win Olympic gold or the Stanley Cup, or the Lombardi Trophy, or whatever the NBA thing is, or the Master’s (in golf it’s the Master’s right??). Insert your sporting award of choice here.

Do you listen to music while running? Or do you prefer to run sans headphones? Any song suggestions?